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Old 05-25-2018, 02:29 PM
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I'm deep in a backlog of episodes, so with that...

The Atari 7800 episode is turning out to be as tragic [so much a game system can be] as I suspected. It would have been very interesting to see Nintendo compete in a market with a 1984-released Atari system. The PlayStation vs Xbox of the 1980s...
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:55 PM
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The tv ads lead me down a YouTube click hole of watching George Plimptons Intellivision ads.

An evening well spent
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:44 PM
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I listened to some of the Suikoden episode and was saddened to learn that former 1up writer and guest on the old show Andrew Fitch had died recently of cancer. I remember him on the 1up Show telling everybody how great Lost Odyssey was. I also remember from back when I listened to the Geekbox podcast. RIP.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:27 PM
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Hearing Chris Sims meditate on the nature of villainy is certainly a metatextual tour de force I tell y'all what
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:05 PM
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Downloading a new episode, delighting at the topic then reading in the description that he is on it is like discovering the milk you just bought went sour after you pour it in your cereal. All things must pass, I guess.
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:09 AM
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Listening to the Suikoden episode. Shivam's genuine and radiant enthusiasm for the game and series is a joy to hear. So different from the cynicism in a lotta' gaming culture.
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Old 07-02-2018, 05:16 PM
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I agree; it's always a treat when Shivam's on.
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Old 07-06-2018, 03:00 PM
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What was the music from on the King of Kong Reconsidered ep? It felt super familiar.
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:21 PM
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One of the two important genres of music: Donkey Kong Country

(The other is Donkey Kong Rap)
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:50 PM
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Oh of course.
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:12 PM
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I'm starting to wonder if maybe they conducted their last Chris Sims recording session in Mr. Popo's Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:34 PM
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I'm starting to wonder if maybe they conducted their last Chris Sims recording session in Mr. Popo's Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
They usually record in large batches and roll them out over several months, based on what they said in the past.
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:38 PM
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I know.

But with Chris Sims, it just feels like they're never going to end.
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Old 07-30-2018, 04:19 PM
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But with Chris Sims, it just feels like they're never going to end.
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:38 PM
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Gripes about that messy business aside, I really love the work Parish in particular has been doing recently. Both his videos and his developer interviews have been fantastic.
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:57 PM
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The interview with the wizardry dude was fantastic.
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Old 07-31-2018, 05:48 AM
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Yeah, I've liked both the developer interviews quite a bit, and neither are series that I have any real experience with directly (just with their influences like Etrian Odyssey, similar to Parish). Looking forward to more of those.

Also Bob Mackey is hilarious and cracks me up pretty much every time he's on.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:27 PM
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They usually record in large batches and roll them out over several months, based on what they said in the past.
Jeremy told me he has enough material in the can to last through the end of the year at this point, though that's not necessarily how the schedule will go.

Just recorded a ridiculously rambling "micro" on very early online experiences and also game preservation and also whatever random crap we segued into, so look forward to that if you're old or interested in old people talking about old stuff. (Which, I mean, I guess it *is* called "Retronauts" so I suppose you're here for it.)

Also finally wrapped up the Sega Arcade series which went on three or four full episodes longer than we originally intended. (I have no idea when any of these will actually come out, so don't ask.)
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:51 AM
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Up for the public now, so if you ever want to spend, like, an entire day listening to me, Benj, and Jeremy talk about Sega arcade games we've got you covered:

Part 1: 1980-85
Part 2: 1986-87
Part 3: 1988-90
Part 4: 1991-95
Part 5: 1996-99

That was a hell of a project, and way more than we'd intended when we started it. I'm no Sega expert, though I did tool around some arcades in the 80s and 90s, so I ended up doing a lot of research for these and it was quite the educational experience. Good times. (And apologies for a few details we get wrong here and there... when covering like a hundred games some things inevitably slip through the cracks.)

Also I'm gonna plug again the weird rambling episode we did on early online gaming experiences - BBSes, MUSH/MUXes, dial-up experiences, LAN parties, and detours into game preservation... it was a fun one to do.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:13 AM
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Up for the public now, so if you ever want to spend, like, an entire day listening to me, Benj, and Jeremy talk about Sega arcade games we've got you covered:

Part 1: 1980-85
Part 2: 1986-87
Part 3: 1988-90
Part 4: 1991-95
Part 5: 1996-99

That was a hell of a project, and way more than we'd intended when we started it. I'm no Sega expert, though I did tool around some arcades in the 80s and 90s, so I ended up doing a lot of research for these and it was quite the educational experience. Good times. (And apologies for a few details we get wrong here and there... when covering like a hundred games some things inevitably slip through the cracks.)

Also I'm gonna plug again the weird rambling episode we did on early online gaming experiences - BBSes, MUSH/MUXes, dial-up experiences, LAN parties, and detours into game preservation... it was a fun one to do.
I haven't listened to the early online episode yet, but all the Sega Arcade episodes were great. I know Retronauts gets grief in some circles for not covering Sega as much as some people would like, but I think this was a great series that went into more depth than probably anyone was expecting going in. I appreciate the amount of research that everyone involved did for these episodes and for the podcast in general.
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:38 PM
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Boy, this years Holiday episode is a major sign that Bob has one foot out the door regarding Retronauts. I know hes focusing on Talking Simpsons while the series still has some episodes people will want to discuss, but this was a big letdown.
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:26 AM
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Nah, Bob has been doing stealth episodes of what a cartoon on christmas for years.

Cant say I blame him, that patreon is doing really well, relative to retronauts, and Id imagine the overhead is quite a bit less.
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Old 12-28-2018, 01:47 PM
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Recently I finished organizing my personal Retronauts episode archive, so I thought it might be fun to compile a few stats about the show (now twelve years running!)
  • 486 total episodes (including specials, mini-sodes, etc.) as of 12/28/2018:
  • Vol. I (Aug 2006-Oct 2010): 100 episodes
  • Vol. II aka Retronauts Live/Prime (Jan 2011-Mar 2013): 66 episodes
  • Vol. III (July 2013-Aug 2014): 58 episodes
  • Vol. IV (Nov 2014-present): 262 episodes
  • Total runtime: 604:05:50 or 3 weeks, 4 days, 4 hours 5 minutes and 50 seconds
  • First episode published 8/22/2006 (as "Episode 0" on 1up.com's GameVideos)
  • First audio-only episode published 10/4/2006
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Old 12-28-2018, 02:50 PM
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FWIW I think Bob and Parish both do better work on their solo projects. (I still love Retronauts, though.)
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Old 12-28-2018, 04:09 PM
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Recently I finished organizing my personal Retronauts episode archive, so I thought it might be fun to compile a few stats about the show (now twelve years running!)
  • 486 total episodes (including specials, mini-sodes, etc.) as of 12/28/2018:
  • Vol. I (Aug 2006-Oct 2010): 100 episodes
  • Vol. II aka Retronauts Live/Prime (Jan 2011-Mar 2013): 66 episodes
  • Vol. III (July 2013-Aug 2014): 58 episodes
  • Vol. IV (Nov 2014-present): 262 episodes
  • Total runtime: 604:05:50 or 3 weeks, 4 days, 4 hours 5 minutes and 50 seconds
  • First episode published 8/22/2006 (as "Episode 0" on 1up.com's GameVideos)
  • First audio-only episode published 10/4/2006
I need to see if I still have the original 100 episode run on my computer. Those are fun to revisit.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:19 AM
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Some of my favorite moments from Vol. I:
  • Epsiode 32 - 11-15-07 - Atari 2600: This episode gave me a newfound appreciation for the 2600, a system I have almost no nostalgia for personally, and Jenn Frank is always a treat.
  • Epsiode 56 - 11-5-08 - Myst: My bizarre affection for mid-nineties CD-ROM adventure games with clunky prerendered graphics practically mandates that I put this episode here. Also, Shane and Sharkey for extra shenanigans.
  • Episode 60 - 12-3-08 - Half-Life: Jeremy employs an echo effect during the cold open to impersonate one of the hapless scientists from HL1's test chamber and it's adorable.
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Shane is always a treat. He even saved one of the aimless, Sharkey-led episodes when Parish stepped away from the show for a bit.
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